Liverpool Blitz: Trekkers
For the thousands of people who had lost their homes in air raids, who lived in particularly vulnerable areas or who were not happy using shelters, 'trekking' was an alternative. It meant travelling, often on foot, to the rural areas on the outskirts of the city, pushing prams, handcarts and trolleys loaded with the last of their belongings.
Places like Formby, Huyton, Norris Green, Ormskirk and Dovecot were popular with trekkers, who slept in church halls, schools and even under hedges and in woods. One night 6000 people arrived in Maghull. This huge arrival every night put enormous strain on the visited villages, and rest centres soon had to limit themselves to genuinely homeless people.
The next morning trekkers collected their belongings and made the long journey back to the city centre. It was noted that trekkers lost as little work time as any one who stayed in the city.